The Daily B

Living by the seat of my pants since 2007

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June 24, 2017

Saving the world, one sandwich at a time…

My kids' school is a plastic-free zone. Students bring their lunches in glass or metal containers, and they try to avoid excess packaging and waste. I love the eco-friendly policy, but sometimes miss the convenience of grabbing a Ziplock baggie. For sandwiches, I decided to make...

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June 24, 2017

Update: Changing the conversation about women

Several months ago, I told you about PRI's initiative, Across Women's Lives. I was asked along with a select group of women writers to partner with PRI and SheKnows Media to share news stories about women worldwide. The goal: To change the sobering statistic pictured...

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June 24, 2017

Alaska

I stared at the turquoise blue water and wondered: How will I feel tomorrow if I don't jump? We were several miles into a hike across the Root Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Crampons strapped to our boots, we traversed a wide blanket of ice,...

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June 24, 2017

summer is for creativity

I panic a little as the last day of school approaches. Gone is my predictable work schedule. Instead, I cobble together hours while the kids are at swim practice or while they're doing their summer reading. I stay up late writing and sneak away for...

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June 24, 2017

How to be a successful writer

About twice a week someone asks me a variation of the same question: "How do you find the discipline to write?" Sometimes it's more like, "Oh, I've always wanted to be a writer! How do you do it?" The short answer is that this is my career. How...

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June 24, 2017

in search of spring

Spring for me has been a flurry of deadlines, punctuated with moments of beauty and peace. Like a five-hour-long play date with dear friends, so easy and comfortable and fun that none of us realized that five hours had passed until the kids' cheeks turned...